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Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Thanks for visiting my website, TheCrochetCrowd.com. I've been crocheting since I was 14 years old and genuinely excited by yarn and projects to crochet. Serving the globe has it's challenges in reaching audiences of difference languages and cultures but it's remarkable all the same. One of the best elements of crochet is that yarn and project ideas know no borders. Join our learning channel on YouTube, look up "How to Crochet with The Crochet Crowd" and our entire free library of tutorials is waiting for you to enjoy. Subscribe to our channel to be the first to know when new projects are released.

30 thoughts on “YouTube Creators Burnout

  • October 23, 2018 at 3:25 pm
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    I have learned so much from you. Please keep the tutorials coming. You are a very good teacher!!!

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  • October 23, 2018 at 3:15 pm
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    I have learned so much from your YouTube tutorials. Please keep them coming!!! You are a good teacher.

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  • October 22, 2018 at 11:55 pm
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    Thank you very much for your tuturials, they are really good and have helped and encouraged me to venture outside my safe zone so more power to you

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  • October 22, 2018 at 9:18 am
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    I’ve watched many a video from you, and your partner Daniel. I love them all. In still fairly new habit leather the years ago… Although ive not done much in the Past year..busy busy.
    The video that sticks with me the most isn’t a crochet project at all. It was the video you posted of your very real pain and angst over losing your friend and struggling with the choice to give up driving truck for another journey.
    Your video, your emotion, your realness kept me following you, kept me crocheting when project after project looked like crap.
    I’ve now done some beautiful things.

    Stay real to yourself, I’m so happy you found Daniel, and are doing what you love.

    Shawn Johnny
    Washington USA

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  • October 22, 2018 at 8:02 am
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    I would have never learned to crochet beyond a granny square without your video’s! I did the Fluffy Meringue Shawl from your tutorial and have lost track of how many people I sent the link to. Thank you so much for your time and effort so that I can enjoy crochet 😀.

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  • October 22, 2018 at 7:33 am
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    I am new to your channel but really enjoy it so far.
    I recently made the hexagon bag with a liner and it was lovely. Next I plan to make the paw print pet blanket. Thanks for doing what you do.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 7:34 pm
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    Mikey (and Dan) – all I can say is, “thanks!” I want to let you know that I feel especially connected to you because of your videos. About five years ago I started to crochet group and it’s led to some of the best friends I have. Your videos are our “go to” information on crochet and yarn. thanks for all you’ve given us for being part of my life. I look forward to all I can learn from your videos and from you in the future.
    you in the future

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  • October 21, 2018 at 7:26 pm
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    Mikey I have been watching you for a very long time. You came into my life at a time where I had fallen off the crochet wagon. It was through one of your videos that I cut back on and I started trying more patterns. YouTube can be a double-edged sword. I am so glad that you are here for us to teach us North new things and push us beyond our limits. as far as the couch quarterbacks. I wouldn’t allow them to rent any space in your head you and Daniel are awesome.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 6:15 pm
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    You and your team are wonderful! Don’t ever let those mean spirited folks get to you or make you feel down…. some people ( seems like more lately) have this need to hurt others it seems. I have learned so much from you but most of all I love seeing you and your team work… Thank you for keeping this up!!!!

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  • October 21, 2018 at 5:16 pm
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    Mikey, you have saved my sanity with your videos. My mum tried to teach me crochet when I was in my late teens, I am left handed and she used a mirror to help me understand what she was doing, it was a frustrating thing not being able to wrap my head around what she was doing because it was backwards to me. Now I am almost 50 ( 29 if anyone asks me) and have been off work with a back injury for 3 years, I was going insane because I couldn’t sit long enough to do my beloved hobby of cross stitch, having to get up and move every 15-20 minutes was throwing my counts all off and making mistakes everywhere because I had to put it down so often, so I threw it down and did nothing. During this time I also lost my dad very suddenly and my world fell apart. I didn’t want get up, eat ,sleep or anything else. I shut myself off from everything and everyone. Then 6 months ago my son had me watch a funny cat video to cheer me up , on the side bar ,(dont ask me how it was there but it was) there was a video for making a blanket, I thought I can do that. I punched in Left-Handed Crochet and up you popped, I haven’t stopped since. I have completed 5 pet blankets, 2 Lush Life blankets and now working on a 6 pointed star blanket for my niece for Christmas. Please don’t ever stop what you do, you are a WONDERFUL TEACHER and I honestly don’t know where I would be without your videos . You pulled from the brink. I can not Thank You enough for being you !!

    So bottom of my heart…THANK YOU !!

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  • October 21, 2018 at 4:59 pm
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    Mikey, I honestly don’t know how you accomplish the load level that you (and Daniel) put out and still maintain your sense of humour. I expect that is what helps keep you sane. I sincerely believe you have more fans than enemies out there. Sadly, we fans expect you to know that without our giving you the appropriate feedback. Shame on me/us. I hear you on those ‘brave’ souls on social media who spew – hidden behind their keyboards. They are such cowards and offer absolutely nothing constructive and should be ignored. They are like that dog barking behind the security of a high fence. Keep up the great work you guys and your girls who support you. I hope you enjoy your new digs in NS. Ontario misses you 🙂

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  • October 21, 2018 at 3:31 pm
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    I am so thankful to have found you, the whole team. I have learned crochet and I’ve learned how to be myself from watching you, Mikey. I find I don’t take as much bull$&*@. That’s because of you. You’ve taught me to stand up for myself. To not be too hard on myself and to not apologize for things that are not in my control. I am so glad to be allowed a window onto your lives, your creative genius and your online friendship. I know you have too many people to become personal friends with each one that feels a connection to you, but I feel so genuinely blessed to “know” you. Please don’t let yourself burnout, please don’t forget to play, and most of all, always strengthen your relationship with Daniel. Those aspects are the heart of Mikey as we know him and love him.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 3:13 pm
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    I always will be very grateful to you Mikey I love your tutorials and I done some crochet
    I couldn’t done it without you Thank you ,thank you Mikey! I Already say to you
    You are the Best !!! Don’t worry about negative comments Many people Love You
    And love your work 😍😊

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  • October 21, 2018 at 3:04 pm
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    Mikey, I want to add my voice to those who’s lives you have impacted in a profound way. A few years ago I was diagnosed with Neuropathy. For a couple of years following, mobility was very difficult. I decided to learn to crochet via YouTube. I did a couple of projects with teachers I ran across, and then I found you and the Crochet crowd. You have not only taught me how to crochet, you have also made it fun and exciting. Thankfully my mobility is much better, but I will never forget those dark days and how the power of creativity brought light. I love and so relate to your teaching style. I also enjoy your more personal videos on Facebook. Please know that your talent with crochet, your great teaching skills, and your warm personality Really make an impact in people’s lives! Blessings my friend!

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  • October 21, 2018 at 2:28 pm
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    I absolutely love your tutorials and videos. When someone asks me to learn to crochet, I point them to you and one other you tube teacher. I know that one (or both) of you will ‘click’ and match the style of learning the person needs. Keep on doing the wonderful work teaching us 😀

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  • October 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm
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    Mikey, the videos you produce are a part of you that you share with the world. I as a part of that world THANK YOU. As I watch your tutorials I learn new things and really enjoy adding them to my knowledge of crochet. Unfortunately there of people out there that never learned “ if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything”. Maybe they never had anyone say anything nice to them. So by spreading cheer we might be able to change that. Keep up the wonderful work you do. Reaching out into the world community and making it a place for truly creative people to learn, share and enjoy yarn crafts. I know that by keeping my hook and yarn working it is keeping my life in balance, my health in a better place, and my friends and family in homemade goods. Also I take my crochet with me everywhere and have people stop and say they would like to do that and do I teach, ( I probably could ), but my response is to go online to “The Crochet Crowd” they have step by step instructions and videos that show you how. If you don’t get it the first time you can rewatch it until you do. No judging, no do I really have to say/or show that again comments. Just worry free learning.

    So keep up the good work. Take a day or two each year and look at all the good things you have done. All the people you have reached in the world community. Smile and be happy. It’s the successes you made even the small ones, and the people you have touched that are important. Thank you 🙏.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm
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    I first stumbled upon one of your crochet-a-long’s a few years back and I enjoyed it so much that my best friend and daughter also did the crochet-a-long too! We giggled and laughed and had a great time each week trying the next clue. My bestie and I would love to go on a crochet cruise someday. There are not many of us who crochet in my area and it felt like you were right there with us. You are a blessing to us crocheters and we really do appreciate all of your hard work! Keep it up!

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  • October 21, 2018 at 11:45 am
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    Great article! Loved learning the behind-the-scenes stuff. I always figured it is hard work, time-intensive, and feeling you are on running on a treadmill and you described that its that and a lot more! 99.9% who watch and read Crochet Crowd are oh-so-grateful and feel indebted to you, Dan, and team – even if all 99.9% of us don’t always comment. All the other comments above and below are testaments to your success at being a teacher, reaching your goal that you’ve said is where your passion lies. Just last night as I was adding some more rows to my 2nd blanket, my DH asked again how I learned to crochet (I’m still a beginner, a slow beginner) – from YT I answered, Crochet Crowd. Like plenty of others – I couldn’t find any local classes or mentors(I asked everyone I knew), books are good for reference and libraries have few crochet books these days, traveling to stores in metro area where an evening or we class are occassionally offered is $$ and unrealistic given some physical challenges, etc. So thank heaven for the internet, YouTube, and the crochet teachers and designers willing to share and spend time making content!! BTW – If you ever decide to change how you teach via YT and web – please please please give us heads up. We want you to stay true to you, be happy in your avocation, pursue your other interests, and support yourself as you desire. That’s your right as is for any of us. Congrats and thank you again!

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  • October 21, 2018 at 11:38 am
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    Michael,
    Thank you for your inspiration, dedication, and shared creativity. I’ve tried crocheting from patterns and it does nothing but make my brain hurt. Then I found you. You are my perfect fit for a teacher. I can easily follow your words. Your description of what you are doing at the moment is spot on. Not only do I learn but I get to chuckle at your Korny jokes too. I have only one complaint. Because you are so magnificent at what you do my yarn stash has quadrupled.😝
    Again, thank you from the bottom of my hook.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 11:06 am
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    Mikey, I do not remember how I found you, but I do remember why I stayed all these years. You. Your personality. While teaching, you make me feel as if you are talking to me, and it is if you believe in me, and are my friend. Crochet is more than a hobby for me, crochet assists my healing from PTSD. You are a part of that. Trust is a very difficult thing for me, and yet you have mine. Ups or downs, I can sense your honesty, and I truly appreciate that. Thank you, yarn on. aj

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  • October 21, 2018 at 10:43 am
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    Mikey, I learned to crochet at the age of 20 and was 6 months pregnant with my daughter. A friend taught me, but all I could do was chain, single crochet and double crochet so I all ever made was blankets and scarves. Then a few years ago my son said check out the crochet crowd. Now I make slippers, hats, Baby dresses, toys and so much more and I credit it all to you and the crochet crowd. You are kind, caring, funny,and oh so loveable. You,Diva Dan, and the crochet crowd have made me a much better crocheter and I will always be grateful. You have expanded my crochet world so so much and without you I would still be stuck in the same rut that I was in for years. I can not thank you enough. For those who criticize just brush it off as best you can and remember that there are people like me who think that our crochet world revolves around you. You, dear Mikey are our sun. Loves! Cathy Lewis-Williams in Idaho

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  • October 21, 2018 at 10:25 am
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    You are an excellent educator, Mikey. Many people don’t realize that you actually have to crochet differently when you are teaching so that people can see how to do it and what the yarn/stitch should look like. What we see is the finished product of all the behind the scenes hard work that goes into any TV production. And as someone who studied fashion design, which required learning pattern drafting, all kinds of sewing techniques and actual designing I can appreciate all the work that goes into your career. You are not only creating something, you are making fabric while doing it. Hats off to you and Dan.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 10:21 am
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    I regularly use your YouTube programs to learn new things in crocheting. Unable to afford Cruises, since I just retired. But I love to learn. I learned entreloc crocheting. Have made a few afghans using this stitch. Thank you so much. Keep up the good work.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 10:04 am
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    I love your videos! I appreciate all your time and work. I learned to crochet from my mom at 7 years old I was taught by watching her and never learned reading patterns. Even though I have watched some of your videos and patterns I prefer the videos. I am a visual learner. Thank you! Keep your chin up! More people love you than feel negatively about you! People who love you just don’t feel compelled to write. Stay you Mikey!

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  • October 21, 2018 at 10:03 am
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    As I have told you before, I am forever grateful to you and your tutorials. I learned to crochet by watching your videos alone. I love your personality and your teaching style. You make learning so fun for me! For so many years I fought so hard to be a “people pleaser” and I ultimately lost myself completely. Please continue to just be the amazing man that we all love and admire and remember that you will never please everyone
    (and that’s okay). Thank you, thank you, thank you to you and your team for all that you do you. I don’t think you even know just how much you mean to so many people.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 9:17 am
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    I love what you do and find that your way of teaching just clicked with me. The biggest lesson you taught me was how to make sure my edges were straight. The apartment building analogy was just what I needed to get great edges. Thank you so much for what you do. I am glad to hear that the move to Nova Scotia was just what you needed. Keep up the great work and be happy.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 9:16 am
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    Thanks for another peak behind the YouTube screen. I have been thoroughly enjoyed following you for several years and am a big fan of yours, Diva Dan and the several ladies on your team.
    I owe you a debt of gratitude for all that you have taught me.
    I had learned to mildly crochet as a child from my Mom and Nana but as I grew older other interests like reading and singing took over. I had always cherished the sweaters, vests and blankets that I had been gifted growing up.
    When my daughter was getting ready to go off to college I had wanted to crochet her a granny square blanket to take with her, she chose the colors and I was all set, or so I thought.
    I couldn’t remember how and I had never been taught to read patterns my Nana and Mom had just taught me, ok put the stitches in there, etc. but they had both passed, there was no one to show me anymore.
    So I googled and YouTube searched and that’s how I found you!!
    You have taught me so many things and I’ve created so many gifts for people and I haven’t stopped crocheting, or buying yarn, since.
    So thank you, thank you so much for all of your time and effort that you and your entire team put in behind the scenes to help people like me.
    I hope you do get a sense of satisfaction after completing every tutorial and say to yourself, well, I hope that helps a lot of people, because it does and it makes such a difference!!
    Never burn out, and I’ll never stop watching.
    Hope to someday make it up to your new studio or even a crochet cruise… come on Lotto, lol

    Sincerely and Gratefully
    Karen C.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 9:08 am
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    You do a wonderful job and I can only imagine some of the critics that are out there. Be true to yourself and remember for every negative comment, there are hundreds of positive thoughts that don’t get voiced.
    I’m glad the move helped. It is a beautiful area with amazing people and scenery.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 9:04 am
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    You all do a wonderful job as the crochet crowd! I love watching and learning from you all.

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